Recently I caught an episode of HGTV’s Divine Design with Candace Olson, one of my personal heroes in residential Interior Design. Candice employs a modern, simple, and yet creatively charged design perspective, emphasizing itself not only on exquisitely appointed spaces, but in unison- functional, practical ones as well.

My favorite quality in Candice’s work is her progressive attitude and approach towards embracing what technology has to offer the design world, and utilizing it to its full potential. Many Interior Designers still flinch at the word technology, finding that it continues to conjure up images of clunky entertainment centers, television focal points, and wires, wires, wires. For those of us who are in the industry- or those like Candice Olson who are keeping up with it- technology has become a true friend to the designer who wishes to incorporate that essential function into a room, yet wishes to remain fundamentally focused on being beautiful first.

In this episode, Candice integrated two of my favorite new design and technology relationships: lighting control and hidden technology. The room was required to perform triple duties- everyday living, formal and casual dining, and a multitude of entertaining venues. (the couple hosted a large variety of neighborhood events)

Devine Design Before Living & Dining After

Keeping her main focus on the design and beauty of the room, Candice worked her magic by implementing a lighting control system that could accommodate and remain appropriate for all of these revolving tasks. Simply by touching a button, the couple could go from a brightly lit ‘everyday scene’- to a relaxing, dimly lit ‘dining scene’. Another touch and a ‘nighttime scene’ came on… another, and a task lit ‘clean-up’ scene was accomplished. Yet another and a mood-filled ‘entertaining scene’ came to life. It was as though the room transformed in function and beauty before your very eyes. The lighting was , energy efficient, fully automatic, and as Candice herself would say- Simply Divine.

Another of Candace’s commonly used technology collaborators is the use of vanishing art and flat screen technology. Using a system designed specifically for this purpose, a museum quality piece of art, personal photograph, or individual art piece, can be integrated with your flat screen to appear and disappear at the touch of a button. Again, this keeps the room’s main focal point around the central theme of the room, not the technology.

Coupling a focused design concept with technology is just a natural step in incorporating it fully into our everyday lives. Making the process seamless and designed based is simply what we should aim to do now and even more so in the future. Candice Olson and HGTV’s Divine Design have really embraced this new chapter and concept in modern home design. Check out other great lighting concepts and makeovers here.

For more information on the lighting control that Candice used on her room renovation, visit our website here.